Young Southern Ute tribal member Joseph Garcia hangs from the SunUte Community Center rock wall during the Ute Warrior Challenge. Encompassing four elements, the event challenged participants.
Southern Ute archers put on their game faces during the Tri-Ute Games.
Ready to adapt from one challenge to the next, Ute Warrior Challenge participants completed the running portion of the event in swimsuits.
Safety first: Event coordinators helped each participant with preparations.
Swimmers are clocked for time during the first portion of the Ute Warrior Challenge.
Triathlon-style numbers were carefully written on each swimmer's arm prior to the Ute Warrior Challenge.
Swimmers knock out laps in the SunUte pool during the first leg of the Ute Warrior Challenge.
An archer holds arrows at the ready.
Ute Mountain Ute Vice Chairman Bradley Hight offers advice to young archers.
Ute swimmers take the first round of early morning competitions seriously.
A Southern Ute archer lines up his shot.
Arrows are scored on the range by archers.
Athletes transitioned quickly from one portion of the Ute Warrior Challenge to the next.
Not to be outdone, several girls took part in the challenge as well.
Archers utilize the range during competition.
Arla Duran finishes the cross-country run along the Bear Trail with one of the many participants.
Staffers and volunteers were on hand at each Tri-Ute event.
A challenger beats through the water at the SunUte Community Center pool.
The climbing portion of the Ute Warrior Challenge took place on the wall in the SunUte Community Center gym.
Athletes from all three tribes compete in the first-ever Ute Warrior Challenge.
The Ute Warrior Challenge attracted competitors from a wide range of ages.
Ute Warrior Challenge competitors proudly display their numbers.